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Alleged animal abuse

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- For many pet-owners this news may be hard to hear as those of us who have pets, consider them part of our family. An investigation is on-going as the Rochester Police Department looks into a case involving alleged animal abuse.

Captain Winters with RPD, told us it's rare for them to investigate animal abuse cases. The incident in question stems back to last Thursday when unexplainably, a dog was transported to an emergency veterinarian and pronounced dead. It all happened on the 1700 Block of 2nd Street Northwest, here in Rochester.

The female owner of the large-breed dog wasn't home at the time of the alleged abuse. She left her dog in the care of a 27-year-old man who was there at the time of the dog's death. Around 4 Thursday afternoon the dog was taken to a vet and pronounced dead, an autopsy is scheduled.

"If we can determine the cause of the death and who is responsible for the death we will send charges up to the County Attorney's office accordingly," said Captain Winters.

Tanya Johnson, with Paws and Claws Humane Society, told us today they recently learned that they may have placed another dog with the same family - and are asking for the dog to be returned. She said it hurts her to hear that someone could abuse a defenseless animal.

"Breaks my heart if I find out that somebody is doing that. It's really sad, because we put a lot of time and love into the pets here at the shelter. We just want the best for all of them," stated Johnson.

Before any pet is adopted applicants must fill out forms. If they are renters, typically their landlords will receive a call, making sure they can have pets in the home. Also, if the person already owns a pet their veterinarian is contacted to make sure their animal's vaccinations are up-to-date.

If you're worried about an animal being abused you can call Minnesota Federated Humane Societies. The number is 877-826-4625.

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